Cranberry Cream Pie II

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • ⅓ cup chopped pecans
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • ⅓ cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons orange liqueur (Optional)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 ½ cups cranberries
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Step 2

    To Make Crust: In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, 2 tablespoons white sugar, and chopped pecans. Mix well, then stir in melted butter or margarine. Mix until ingredients are thoroughly combined. Press mixture into pan. Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Cool to room temperature.

  • Step 3

    To Make Cream Cheese Filling: In medium mixing bowl, whip cream cheese until fluffy. Mix in confectioners’ sugar. Scrape sides of bowl. Add vanilla extract. Add orange liqueur if desired. Mix well.

  • Step 4

    In a separate bowl, beat whipping cream until soft peaks form. Fold into cream cheese mixture. Spoon filling into cooled crust. Cover with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and chill at least 3 hours.

  • Step 5

    To Make Cranberry Topping: In a medium saucepan, combine cranberries, 1 cup white sugar, and 1 tablespoon water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a full boil and cranberries begin to pop. Remove from heat. Mix cornstarch and 2 tablespoons water together in a small bowl, until smooth, then stir into cranberry mixture. Return pan to heat. Cook until mixture boils and thickens, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

  • Step 6

    Spread cranberry topping over cream cheese filling. Chill pie thoroughly before serving.

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